Writing this diary has given me a much greater appreciation of my own garden with its plants, birds and visiting wildlife.
Talking about plants and the garden I never tire of. Yes, well maybe I do ramble on a bit sometimes – sorry! However, I am really trying to keep this post very brief today and not because I feel it is less important – quite the opposite.
Working in, or simply being in, the garden can be therapeutic on a wide range of levels from escaping the stresses of our daily lives to rebuilding our lives after ill health or disability. It can also be a very sociable activity to be enjoyed with family and friends.
Thrive, and Trellis are just two of the many, many organisations who are helping others feel better through horticulture. If you are interested in this for yourself, or someone you know, you will find contact addresses and much more by browsing these sites and the links within them. Some also produce Newsletters too and I was particularly delighted to be asked to add some chat from my garden to a column in one that is in my area of Scotland. It should be fun – although keeping to the word count I expect will be quite tricky for me!
Garden birds are how my diary started and when Bob at Dean Birders mailed me, last February, asking me to exchange links with him I knew I would return to post on his project one day. In their site they say:
‘This project was the result of two keen birdwatchers getting together and wanting to share their hobby with those that have difficulty getting out and about. We want to set up feeder stations and nesting boxes in the gardens of those people that are either elderly or have a disability and are limited to the house’.
If you want to help out with this project, in the Forest of Dean, or get ideas for one yourself I’m sure Bob would be happy to hear from you. Equally, if you want to help out with the other projects mentioned above I’m sure they too would be very interested to hear from you. There, I’ve almost managed a brief post :-)